deathly

adjective

death·​ly ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio)
1
: fatal
2
: of, relating to, or suggestive of death
a deathly pallor
deathly adverb

Examples of deathly in a Sentence

A deathly silence filled the room. his deathly pallor suggested that any attempt to find a pulse would be futile
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deathly was before the 12th century

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“Deathly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deathly. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

deathly

adjective
death·​ly ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio)
1
: causing death or destruction
2
: of, relating to, or suggestive of death
a deathly paleness
deathly adverb

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